Monday, April 6, 2015


Notable historian, W. Barry Thomson will present a program on some of the prominent early Somerset Hills families on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the Clarence Dillon Public Library.  The program will begin at 2pm.   His deeply researched history will feature information on the Schley and Pyne families.  The Schley family is closely connected with the founding of the Borough of Far Hills and the Pyne family was a prominent New York family who also lived in Bernardsville, NJ.  Both families still have descendants living in the area. 

W. Barry Thomson grew up in the Somerset Hills and is a frequent and popular lecturer on architecture and local history. He co-authored a book with the late John K. Turpin titled “New Jersey Country Houses: The Somerset Hills, Vol. 1 and 2,” that chronicles the country estates from 1870 to the end of World War II. 

The program will be held in the downstairs meeting rooms of the library.  Please register by calling the library at 908-234-2325 or by email at or in person at the circulation desk.  Admission is $5 which is payable at the door.